India may have cornered first place in Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup Super-12 stage, but Pakistan’s emphatic victory over South Africa on Thursday night – and in the unlikely event India lose their last game to Zimbabwe on November 6 and some other results that don’t go according to the script in the group – it could pit both Bangladesh and Pakistan for a semi-final spot in the showpiece. Pakistan scored a thumping 33-run victory over South Africa via the DLS method on Thursday in a rain-depleted Group 2 match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. The result made it all playable in the final round of Group 2 matches.
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India is currently at the wheel, taking first place with a total of six points thanks to their thrilling five-run win against Bangladesh, and the team appears to be in full control as they await the Zimbabwe challenge, but if they lose , the situation for the 2007 champions could change dramatically.
South Africa had the chance to officially confirm their place in the top two on Thursday with a win over Pakistan, but they fell far short of the DLS target and will need to win their last game against the Netherlands to secure a semi-final spot. . However, should the Netherlands provide a surprise, it will open the door for Pakistan or Bangladesh, who face each other in the second game on Sunday, to win and book a place in the last four, according to ICC.
The chances of a Pakistani appearance in the last four will depend on other results. If the Netherlands or Zimbabwe win against South Africa or India respectively, Babar Azam’s side has a chance. But first they will have to win their match against Bangladesh.
If the Netherlands manage to beat the Proteas, a win over Bangladesh will see Pakistan skip South Africa to six points, while Bavuma’s men remain at five. If Zimbabwe beats India, Pakistan could be on a par with India. As both teams would then have the same number of wins, the deciding factor is the net run rate (NRR), with Pakistan (+1.117) ahead of India (+0.730).
If both results from the other matches go in the direction of Pakistan, Babar Azam’s men could even top Group 2, which seemed highly unlikely as they lost their first two matches to India and Zimbabwe.
But as things stand, both India and South Africa are leading the way. They have to win their respective matches and it is impossible that they cannot secure their semi-final place.